Austin singer and recording artist Maryann Price, a member of the Western Swing Hall of Fame and the Texas Music Hall of Fame, is our guest on Rag Radio. Price, backed by Christy Palumbo Foster, also performs live on the show
Maryann Price was the voice behind iconic bands Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks, The Kinks, and Asleep at the Wheel. She is also known for leading her own jazz trio and as one half of the eclectic duo Ethyl'n Methyl, along with Asleep at the Wheel alumnus Chris O'Connell.
After singing commercial jingles in her native Baltimore and jazz in Las Vegas showrooms, Price moved to San Francisco in 1969 where she was hired to sing with Dan Hicks. Upon hearing of the Hot Licks' breakup in 1973, the Kinks' Ray Davies asked Maryann to move to England and join the legendary British rockers. Returning to America, Maryann formed The Girtones with former Hot Licks guitarist John Girto. In1980 she was hired by long-time fan Ray Benson to sing with the legendary Texas western swing band, Asleep at the Wheel. Maryann's voice has also been heard on numerous commercial jingles and, along with Chris O'Connell, she appeared on television commercials for Southwest Airlines. In 1991 Maryann organized the first reunion in 17 years of the original Hot Licks. The show packed Austin's Paramount Theater and culminated in an appearance on Austin City Limits.
Host and Producer of Rag Radio: Thorne Dreyer; Engineer and Co-Producer: Tracey Schulz; Photographer: Roger Baker. Apprentice: Jesse Spratt. Rag Radio (www.theragblog.com/rag-radio/)is produced in the studios of KOOP 91.7-FM, an all-volunteer, cooperatively-run community radio station in Austin, Texas, in association with The Rag Blog (TheRagBlog.com) and the New Journalism Project, a Texas 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The show is broadcast (and streamed) live Fridays, 2-3 p.m. (Central) on KOOP (www.koop.org/listen-now), and is rebroadcast and streamed on WFTE-FM in Mt. Cobb and Scranton, PA., Sundays at 10 a.m. (Eastern time) and on Houston Pacifica's KPFT HD-3 90.1 on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. (Central). Contact: email@example.com. Running time: 55:52.